Definition of acclaim in English:



[with object]
  • Praise enthusiastically and publicly.

    ‘the conference was acclaimed as a considerable success’
    • ‘She is now acclaimed as a successful musician who can sing in eight languages.’
    • ‘His work is widely acclaimed and was recognised by Sir Isaac Newton as a front-runner to his own theories.’
    • ‘It was instantly acclaimed as a classic and had a huge influence throughout the Western world.’
    • ‘But to prove just how fickle us motoring journalists can be, a straw poll among the test party found opinions pretty-well equally divided, half giving the petrol the thumbs up and the others acclaiming the diesel.’
    • ‘France acclaims the diplomatic efforts of Britain and the United States, which allowed this result to be achieved.’
    • ‘Some have likened the book to a ‘French War and Peace’ and others have evoked Anne Frank's diary but critics are united in acclaiming it as one of the most important novels about the occupation.’
    • ‘Last year, it was critically acclaimed as one of the best calypso shows staged.’
    • ‘This as their visiting fans acclaimed their team with a volley of applause that would have done justice to a rookery of seals.’
    • ‘They are some of the most committed people i know and should be publicly acclaimed.’
    • ‘Although her films have been critically acclaimed, they haven't been so successful at the box office.’
    • ‘In any case, his Romeo and Juliet has been much acclaimed and he's had the time of his life working with the RNZB.’
    • ‘In our sixth annual awards, the Doors team acclaims the people and events that are revving up the next digital revolution’
    • ‘He was cheered to the echo and, a trifle remarkably, joyously, and continually, waved to the thousands who were acclaiming him.’
    • ‘TWO acclaimed pieces of drama are set to treat Malvern audiences to a couple of top-class nights out.’
    • ‘Should excellence in the high arts be acclaimed, in the same way as achievements in sport are ritually applauded?’
    • ‘The world acclaims the hero who marches to triumph at the head of a great people.’
    • ‘YORK acclaims itself as a cycling city, and perhaps it is, if you can survive the pot holes, hazardous junctions and bike-blind drivers.’
    • ‘Then they would be publicly acclaimed as role models for the loyal opposition.’
    • ‘For decades it has been acclaimed as pop music's lost masterpiece, the holy grail of rock and the best album never made.’
    • ‘Their albums are usually acclaimed by critics and music nerds, but fail to become major hits.’
    celebrated, admired, highly rated, lionized, revered, honoured, esteemed, exalted, lauded, vaunted, much touted, well thought of, well received, acknowledged
    praise, applaud, cheer, commend, express approval of, approve, express admiration for, welcome, pay tribute to, speak highly of, eulogize, compliment, congratulate, celebrate, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, rave about, go into raptures about, go into raptures over, heap praise on, wax lyrical about, say nice things about, make much of, pat on the back, take one's hat off to, salute, throw bouquets at, lionize, exalt, admire, hail, toast, flatter, adulate, vaunt, extol, glorify, honour, hymn, clap
    proclaim, announce, declare, pronounce, hail as
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mass noun
  • Enthusiastic and public praise.

    ‘she has won acclaim for her commitment to democracy’
    • ‘The movie had won critical acclaim and is actually one of the few hits that Bollywood turned out this year so far.’
    • ‘But how to convince those who regard it as an ugly and brutal activity that it merits wider public acclaim?’
    • ‘It's made more money and won more universal acclaim than any film for decades, but never has there been a trilogy of such proportions.’
    • ‘Their debut album has sold over a million copies worldwide since its release in February and has won critical acclaim.’
    • ‘All his novels are written in French, and they have received great acclaim there, winning the country's top prizes.’
    • ‘She has also won acclaim as a short story writer, with one of her collections being aired on TV as a prime time serial.’
    • ‘Besides being a phenomenal success that set the cash registers ringing, it won critical acclaim too.’
    • ‘They may even benefit, if, in this secular society, the offer of public acclaim succeeds in stimulating the mean to give.’
    • ‘The novel won her international acclaim, earning her a Whitbread nomination.’
    • ‘Their performances would merit public acclaim in any of the worlds great stages or theatres.’
    • ‘Barbarian Invasions has won plaudits and critical acclaim in Canada and elsewhere.’
    • ‘He starred in the first festival in 1995, helping to win it national acclaim.’
    • ‘Remember, Newry did pride itself for its flower displays before and won widespread acclaim for it.’
    • ‘A North Yorkshire organisation which helps to steer young offenders away from a life of crime has won national acclaim.’
    • ‘The service comes six months after the fountain was opened to massive public acclaim.’
    • ‘He has achieved it without sponsorship, riches or public acclaim.’
    • ‘Chicago has already won critical acclaim and attracted big box office takings in London and the United States.’
    • ‘The movie has won critical acclaim and tasted commercial success in the West.’
    • ‘The film, which will be released in the UK later this year, has already won considerable acclaim in the US.’
    • ‘Since then he has won much acclaim and has had many public commissions, often on a large scale.’
    praise, applause, cheers, ovation, tribute, accolade, acclamation, salutes, plaudits
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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘express approval’): from Latin acclamare, from ad- ‘to’ + clamare ‘to shout’. The change in the ending was due to association with claim. Current senses date from the 17th century.